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We will be arriving in NYC on Tues. June 26 in the early-mid afternoon. We have hotel reservations at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel near Times Square. We will be staying 3 nights and checking out Fri. June 29. We will be driving there so need overnight parking if you have any suggestions for safe but affordable parking. We are traveling with two adults and two children (ages 7 & 8). We have never been to NYC so would like to see several of the major attractions. We are an active family so don't mind walking but are also open to taking the subway when needed, but again we have never rode the subway in NYC so any suggestions on how to navigate this would be great, mayben even the subway station we need to go to get to certain attractions. We would like to make this budget friendly but are willing to spend to see major attractions. Thanks!

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Day 1 - Tuesday, June 26:

  • Arrive in the afternoon

  • Check into hotel

  • Explore Times Square (Suggestions)

    • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum ($29 per person) - Get your selfie sticks ready, because New York City's Madame Tussauds in Times Square is the only place with no ropes or barriers holding you back from getting photos with your favorite stars! Voted as one of New York’s most unique attractions, Madame Tussauds invites you to pose “In a moment in time” with your famous fun figures of internationally renowned musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and more. With over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment and several newly renovated spaces, including our new Ghostbusters VR, Project Runway and Kong: Skull Island experience, the world famous wax attraction is bigger and better than ever! 

    • M & M's World

    • Nintendo World

    • American Girl Store

    • Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum

    • Dinner

      • Suggestions:

        • Dallas BBQ - American grill with a variety of items and delicious wings

        • Cheescake, desserts, or dinner at Junior's

        • Bubba Gump Shrimp

        • Havana Central - Cuban/Puerto Rican Dishes

        • Chevy's Mexican Restaurant

        • Sbarro NY Pizza

        • Desserts at Carlos' Bakery







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Day 2- Wednesday, June 27:

  • Start your day early with breakfast at a nearby cafe or inside your hotel.

  • STATEN ISLAND FERRY (free): Take the subway to Bowling Green or South Ferry and hop on a ferry for a free ride across New York Harbor. The boats run 24 hours a day. The boat passes the Statue of Liberty and you can take pictures as you pass. Restrooms and snacks are available for purchase on the ferry. More info here. Once you arrive to Staten Island, hop back on to return to Manhattan. 


  • Top of the Rock (last available ticket 10:55 p.m.) - You can see a magnificent city line view of NYC from the observatory decks on top of the Rockefeller Center which is right beside the filming of the Today Show. Tickets here. ($144 total). I suggest purchasing the 10 a.m. tickets to allow time to make it through the Today Show crowd and take a restroom break or grab a snack before heading to the top.

  • Lego Store

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Day 3 - Thursday, June 28:

  • Breakfast

  • Central Park Zoo (Prices: $18/adults/$13 children)

  • Lunch - Picnic at Central Park

  • Rent bikes to cross the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan (groupon for cheaper rental)

  • Once you arrive to Brooklyn try the best NY pizza at Grimaldi's and have homemade ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

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Day 4 - Friday, June 29:


    • Breakfast

    • Check out of hotel

    • Ground Zero Museum (10 minute train ride)


      • Rates


        Adults (Ages 12+) - $25.00
        Seniors (Ages 65+) - $19.00
        Youth (Ages 4-12) - $19.00
        Active FDNY / NYPD / PAPD - $13.00 
        Immediate 9/11 Family Members - Free!





    • 9/11 Memorial Museum (17 minute train ride)

      • Ticket info: $15/adult $5/Child

      • Groupon: $11.50/adult





 

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Hello By Rochelle B.
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Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Ashley! Thank you for contacting me to plan your NYC trip. I will get started right away and have a draft to you by end of the day Wednesday. From there we can make any updates you want. I will be in touch soon and if you have any questions between now and then feel free to send me a mesaage. :)

Ashley Rayls wrote:  

Rochelle,

Just following up on our iteniary. 

Thanks,

Ashley 

Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Ashley,

My apologies for the delay. I completed an initial draft of your itinierary and information regarding getting around. Please review the Itinerary and Transport tabs and let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, please let me know if there are other things you have in mind or if you do not want to do any of the activities listed. I will make any necessary adjustments needed.

I will begin researching affordable parking options and get back to you soon.

Thanks!


Updated Itinerary By Rochelle B.
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Rochelle B. wrote:  

Hi Ashley,

I updated your itinerary. Message me any other changes or questions you have! 

Thanks,

Rochelle

Ashley Rayls wrote:  

Looks good. I may have more questions as I look at things more but this is a great help. Were you able to find any overnight parking options for cheap?

Rochelle B. wrote:  

It looks like the parking for a sedan at your hotel is around $40 per day. The only garage I found closeby, cheaper than that is $100 total, a savings of $20. Parking .3 miles from hotel

Rochelle B. wrote:  

This garage is a 5 minute walk to the hotel and does not allow in and out entry but does allow you to enter your car during business hours. 


Getting Around:

Cheapest options:


Subway (use Google Maps app. It gives step by step instructions as far as directions to the nearest station and which trains to take, transfers and it will tell you the cost of taking Uber, a taxi, or another option.)


Juno, Uber, Lyft


 

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